We are using computers more and more these days. We use it to type documents, play games, browse the Internet, chat with our friends, and more. While there are alternative ways to interact with the computer (such as using speech), the main way of interaction is still typing. So, since we need to type a lot, improving your typing speed is a sure way to save time and increase your productivity. Yes, you need to invest time to improve your typing speed, but it will save you a lot more time in the long term.
The first thing to do to improve your typing speed is measuring your current speed. This way you will know how much progress you make when you learn to type faster. To measure your typing speed, go to this web site, press Start the clock, type the given text, and press Stop the clock. The site will then give you your typing speed in word per minute (wpm).
Next, you can take typing courses that teach you the right typing techniques. I browsed several courses on the Internet and the best I found is Peter’s Online Typing Course. It’s detailed, step by step, and free. It’s also accompanied with exercises to help you practice what you learn.
Of course, learning to type faster doesn’t have to be serious all the time. You can have fun too. Here are some typing games you can play in your browser:
I’m sure there are other good resources out there I haven’t mentioned. Do you know any of them? Feel free to share them in the comments.
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